NSPCC

Children’s charity specialising in child protection and dedicated to campaigning for the rights of children. The only UK children’s charity with statutory powers that means they can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse.

If you are worried about the well-being of a child, contact the NSPCC on their 24 hour helpline 0808 800 5000  or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

 

Depression Alliance

Depression Alliance logo

Friends in Need

Friends in Need is a supportive community for people living with depression. It is a place where you can connect with others online, through this website, and in your local area.

It only takes a minute to register through the secure and confidential site and then you will have full access to the Friends in Need community. Visit https://friendsinneed.co.uk/ to find out more.

Self-help groups

The Depression Alliance support a national network of self help groups across England. The groups are open to anyone affected by depression and they provide a safe and welcoming space for sharing friendship, support and ideas in living with depression. Most groups are facilitated by volunteers with personal experience of depression.

Find your nearest self-help group: http://www.depressionalliance.org/how-we-can-help/self-help-groups

Well-being Networks

The Depression Alliance wellbeing networks are about fun and uplifting social activities to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. Whether you want to learn new skills, get back in to work, build your confidence or just meet new people, you’ll find friendly meet ups and groups led by members themselves to boost your mood and lift your spirits.

Well-being networks are funded by local Clinical Commissioning Groups and are based within local NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services.

Find your nearest well-being network: http://www.depressionalliance.org/how-we-can-help/wellbeing-networks

Young Minds

The YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

  • YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm on (free for mobiles and landlines).
  • Email parents@youngminds.org.uk and they will respond to your query within 3 working days.

Mind

Helplines

Mind offers two confidential mental health information services, the Mind Infoline and the Legal advice service.

Infoline

Provides information on a range of topics including:

  • types of mental health problem
  • where to get help
  • medication and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Tel – 0300 123 3393
Email – info@mind.org.uk
Text – 86463

Mind Infoline
PO Box 277
Manchester
M60 3XN

Legal advice line

Provide legal information and general advice on mental health related law covering:

  • mental health
  • mental capacity
  • community care
  • human rights and discrimination/equality related to mental health issues.

Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Tel – 0300 466 6463
Email – legal@mind.org.uk

Mind LAS
PO Box 277
Manchester
M60 3XN

Local Mind branches

Mind has a network of independent local Minds are run by local people, for local people. They provide support like counselling, advocacy, housing and more.

Find your nearest local Mind http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds/

Elefriends

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. A safe place to listen, share and be heard.

http://elefriends.org.uk/

Sane

 

Helpline:

National, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm.

Support Forum:

A free space where mutual support is given and received by anyone affected by mental illness. Visit Sane’s website to access the forum.

Sane also offers caller care and textcare services.

Child Bereavement UK

Support Helpline & Email

Child Bereavement UK support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Their helpline provides confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals. Professionally trained bereavement support workers are available to take calls 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday.

Tel – 0800 02 888 40.

Email – support@childbereavementuk.org

Family Forum

Provides a space for bereaved families to make contact, share experiences and concerns, and to offer support to one another.

http://www.childbereavementuk.org/support/family-forum/

Other support services

Child Bereavement UK offer a range of other support services, including support groups and booked telephone sessions.

You can find out more on their website http://www.childbereavementuk.org/support/

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.

Support Groups

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide offer self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide.  They provide an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others.

Groups are led by a small team of volunteers, most have been bereaved by suicide themselves.   They typically meet once a month and last for around 2 hours.  There is no set structure to the session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish.  Many groups also offer a small resource library and can share information about local sources of support.

Helpline

Tel – 0300 111 5065 (call charges will apply – Ofcom provide information about call charges and or you can check with your provider).

Available 9am to 9pm every day of the year. Calls answered by volunteers, the majority of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves.

Email

sobs.support@hotmail.com

 LGBT Support

For those who affected by suicide that would like to be supported by a volunteer who has been bereaved by suicide and is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

suzziholden@yahoo.co.uk or jackiecarter2706@yahoo.co.uk

Winston’s Wish

Helpline

Tel: 08088 020021

Lines are open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and is free to call.

The helpline offers support, information and guidance to anyone caring for or supporting a bereaved child or young person.

Face to face bereavement support

Winston’s Wish offer a range of face to face bereavement support services including individual and group work and support for the under 5’s.

Drop-in services

Winston’s Wish offer drop-in services in the Gloucestershire, the North West and West Sussex. See their website for more details: www.winstonswish.org.uk/drop-in

If U Care Share

If U Care Share provides emotional support and practical advice to individuals and families affected by suicide in the North East of England.

Tel 0191 387 5661 or email share@ifucareshare.co.uk.

Nightline Association

Nightline is a student listening service which is open at night and run by students for students. Every night of term, student volunteers answer calls, emails, instant messages, texts and talk in person to their fellow university students about anything that’s troubling them.

Each individual Nightline is run by students for students at their university

Most Nightlines also offer information and some have supplies such as condoms, pregnancy tests and attack alarms.

There are currently 36 Nightlines covering over 90 universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland.

Search for your nearest Nightline and see what services they provide here: http://nightline.ac.uk/want-to-talk/find-your-nightline/

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide

PAPYRUS run a national helpline, HOPELineUK, including text and email services, staffed by a team of mental health professionals who provide practical help and advice to vulnerable young people and to those concerned about any young person who may be at risk of suicide.

HOPELineUK details:

Call: 0800 068 41 41

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Text: 07786 209 697

Opening hours:

Weekdays 10am-10pm

Weekends 2pm-10pm

Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm

Cruse Bereavement Care

Helpline

The Cruse National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement support volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by a bereavement. Our volunteers are here to help you talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to support groups, financial advice, and other useful sources of information.

The Cruse Bereavement Care National Helpline is open for information, advice and emotional support, from 9.30am to 5pm Monday and Friday and 9.30am to 8pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The number is
0808 808 1677 and is free to call.

helpline@cruse.org.uk

Face-to-face support

Cruse offer face-to-face services via their Areas and Branches, and delivered by trained Bereavement Support Volunteers.

You can search for your nearest Cruse Area of Branch on their website. Each Cruse Area or Branch works within a specific catchment area and you will need to contact the Area to find out which geographical locations are covered by their services. Some Cruse services are able to visit clients in their homes or other local consulting rooms.

http://www.cruse.org.uk/cruse-areas-and-branches

Support for children & young people

Some Cruse Areas and Branches offer support to children and young people – contact your local Cruse to find out what services they offer.